How We Work with Vectorworks Fundamentals
February 07, 2019

How We Work with Vectorworks Fundamentals

Nathan Kipnis, FAIA | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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Overall Satisfaction with Vectorworks Fundamentals

We use VW Fundamentals for our architectural design and production work, along with the 3D work that we do. We like how tightly integrated the 2D and 3D components are.
  • We really like the wall tool, as it is extremely customizable. Additionally, it has many smart elements that work with BIM.
  • We like the parametric functions that allow for rapid customization of various building elements, such as windows and doors.
  • The terrain modeler is very good, too. We are able to analyze cut and fill calculations in real time with it.
  • The program is getting a little 'fat', and needs to be slimmed down. It is starting to bog down a bit when doing certain functions. The program of late is more buggy then we are used to seeing.
  • I like how smooth Sketchup is in 3D. It would be great to get VW's to be more responsive in 3D.
  • The space tool is very clunky.
  • I would be great if a texture map could be a video and not just a still image. We could really use that.
  • PLEASE get the energy modeling capabilities up to speed. It needs to be much more intuitive and NOT based on Passive House standards. Please include a clear output for a projects Energy Use Intensity (EUI) and how a project is doing relative to the 2030 Commitment.
  • We use VW for all of our projects and have so since 1993.
  • We have additional fees to do 3D modeling. Clients almost always go for that. The 3D work on the computer has been a great vertical market for us.
  • I know that the thought is that 'within five years' we will have 2D and 3D totally integrated. I have heard that for 25 years now. But I think we are getting very close to that. Getting it totally integrated would be great.
It is perfectly suited for residential work, and work where the project requires integrated 2d and 3d. It is terrible for integrated energy modeling. This needs to be fixed immediately.